“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”
I have always wanted to do scuba diving. Aside from being able to breath underwater and conquering my fear in the deep, it has been my childhood dream to discover the beauty of the subaquatic world.
There are a lot of diving spots in Batangas and one of the most visited is Ligpo Island. It is geographically located between San Luis and Bauan.
How to get to Ligpo Island
If you have a private car, from Manila you will need to drive going to Lipa, Batangas through South Luzon Express Way (SLEX). From Lipa toll exit, head towards right going to Alitagtag, Batangas. There are street signs along the way to Alitagtag or Lemery. When you reach the end of point of Alitagtag, you need to turn right before Sta. Teresita entry then from you are in San Luis. Waze can also be a help.
I took a bus ride from Alabang South Station going to Tambo, Lipa Batangas. The bus fare is php 94. Once you pass by Lipa exit, inform the bus driver to drop you off to Tambo. From Lipa City, I rode a jeep going to Taal for 45php. From Taal, you can ride a tricycle going to Seasport Park and Dive Resort in San Luis.
I decided to go to Taal, Batangas first to visit the biggest church in Asia. Though it is not my first time, but I was still amazed of its structure and history. What I love about the place is that they have preserved the old houses and you will really feel that rural life in wherein everyone is taking thier time.
The Taal Basilica canonically known as the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours. It is considered to be the largest church in the Philippines and in Asia, standing 88.6 metres (291 ft) long and 48 metres (157 ft) wide. St. Martin of Tours is the patron saint of Taal, whose fiesta is celebrated every November 11.
I visited the church and thank God for all the blessings he gave me this year including all of the safe travels and for my migration team. We ate in a tapasihan near the municpal hall where they served tapang taal. It is made up beef or pork strips marinated within 8 hours with a special sause then fried before serving. Then we went to the resort to rest.
Scubba Buddies and Alao Dive Academy
The Alao Dive Academy is being managed by Mr. Allan S. Lao. He is a CMAS/PADI (World Underwater Federation) Master Scuba Diver trainer and a ERF (Emergency First Response) Instructor.
Below are the dive instructors from Alao Dive Academy and Scubba Buddies
- Allan Lao (Master Scuba Diver)
- Ricky Lao
- Vincent Cornel
- Ricky Lao
- Kevin Asturias
- Onie Potipot
- Dandy Quirao
They also offer diving license to those who wanted to have certification in scuba diving.
- Allan S. Lao
- Operations Manager
- Seasports Park and Dive Resort
- 09192449994/ 09158994997
Scuba Buddies is owned and managed by Sir Vincent Colonel.
- CMAS 3 star divemaster
- Alao Dive Academy Divemaster
- Philippine Association of Underwater Activities
- President (UP Divers Association)
- Instructor (PNP Special Action Force)
- Safety Diver (Sec. Alcala of Dept of Agriculture at Dive and Trek Resort and Marine Sanctuary)
- Scuba Buddies
- Scubba Buddies Facebook Page
My Scuba Buddies John, Drew, Yhe, Nadz and Tin in our boat dive going to Ligpo Island.
Intro to Scuba Diving is a program which students can experience the beauty of scuba diving even without holding a certification card. This is for swimmers and non-swimmers.
While waiting for your turn, you can do snorkling or even have a free dive like what I did. For first timers, it is better to prepare yourself and test the waters as well.
Note: Scubba Buddies offers the cheapest shore and boat dive in the country. In fact, their dive package includes van transfer (round trip), scuba gears, tank, resort entrance, divemaster fee, camera rental, lunch and certificate. Visit their facebook page to get more information.
During the dive, you have a one on one session with the scuba dive master. The goal is safety first and have a wonderful experience underwater. They have enough dive master to guide you during the dive.
Thank you Sir Vincent Cornel of the Scuba Buddies for another wonderful experience.